Wpt Bellagio 2019

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With two events left in Florida and Las Vegas this year, the World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced most of the second half of its Season XVII.

The World Poker Tour is pulling into the home stretch of its final event on the Main Tour for the 2019 calendar year. The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas is down. With two events left in Florida and Las Vegas this year, the World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced most of the second half of its Season XVII. The 10 stops begin in January at California’s Gardens Casino and end in June at the Tournament of Champions at Las Vegas’s Aria. “The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic’s incredible field puts a bow on a strong 2019 for the World Poker Tour and its global. “Bellagio is delighted to be the host for another.

The 10 stops begin in January at California’sGardens Casino and end in June at the Tournament of Champions at Las Vegas’s Aria.

Partnership with partypoker

The WPT recently announced a four-year partnership with partypokerLive in August to team up on tournaments held in Canada and Europe.

The released dates include seven stops in North America and three international events. The WPT also announced a second visit to the Choctaw in Durant, Okla., though an event at the Los Angeles Poker Classic has not been announced.

However, more stops may be added at a later date. Three internationalstops include:

  • Sochi, Russia: Jan. 21-27
  • Barcelona, Spain: March 10-17
  • Nottingham, U.K.: April 7-14

All three dates had been announced previously as part of the deal with partypoker and also feature WPT500 and WPTDeepStacks tournaments, targeting players of all bankroll levels.

Beyond the Choctaw, WPT players and fans will recognize other tour stops.

In January, the WPT returns to AtlanticCity for the Borgata Winter Poker Open. The property has been a longtime venue for the tour and draws players from across the U.S.

In February, the WPT heads to the great white north for the FallsviewPokerClassic in NiagaraFalls, Canada.

In March, players converge on the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, Calif., and then head to the Choctaw in May.

The tour closes out its season in Las Vegas with the Aria Summer Championship to be held May 27-31 and then the Tournament of Champions now sponsored by BaccaratCrystal set for June 1-3.

Enjoy all the bells and wells

Along with announcing those venues and dates, the tour also outlined four events that will feature its new process for filming the finaltable for broadcast.


The remainingsix players at the Gardens, Borgata, Choctaw and Aria events will return for the final table, which will be played and filmed for TV at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel & Casino.

Travelaccommodation and hotel stay will be provided.

“The World Poker Tour is proud to announce more events to our growing season 17 WPT main tour calendar,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska said.

“In addition to the great events on the schedule, the WPT looks forward to the first of this season’s final tables to be played at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel & Casino.”

WPT has partnered with MGM to make use of the Esports Arena, which has completebroadcast capabilities.

The arena can be used for esports events as well as poker final table. The facility was first used last year for the final table at the Tournament of Champions and the $25,000 Bellagio High Roller.

The two-level arena offers fans a chance to experience a WPT final table first-hand and features a complete bar and restaurant, an owner’s box for partying and hanging out with friends, and numerous other amenities.

“Our players and casino partners deserve the brightest spotlight poker has to offer and what better way to give them that than inside the new official home of poker at the HyperX Esports Arena,” said Angelica Hael, WPT vice president of global tour management.

“The WPT is excited to work with our Esports Arena final tablists to provide a true superstarVIPexperience.”


For a complete look at the WPT schedule, click here.

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The last World Poker Tour (WPT) of 2019 has given Alex Foxen his second biggest payday but the manner in which he won has been criticized by some members of the community.

Alex Foxen has won the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic after entering five times. (Image: WPT/Joe Giron)

Wpt Bellagio High Roller Tournament 2019

With tournament poker as a whole on a high, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas was always likely to draw a crowd. To help generate the biggest prizepool possible, the organizers put a re-entry system in place.

Prior to the event, unlimited re-entry events were the target of rant by Daniel Negreanu. Once a proponent of the system, he’s considering firing just one bullet during tournaments in 2020.

Players Cold on Re-Entry Tournaments

Harking back to a time when freezeouts reigned supreme, the Canadian’s words sparked a debate. With the issue at the forefront of the community’s mind, Foxen and the WPT have reignited the discussion.

For the organization itself, 1,035 entries were enough to set a WPT Five Diamond record and generate a prizepool topping $10.3 million. That allowed Foxen to bank $1.6 million and a WPT main event title.

However, in re-entering the $10,400 event five times, Foxe’s efforts have come under fire from some. Broadcaster Norman Chad was quick to react, saying that firing multiple bullets cheapens a “prestigious” WPT tournament.

Wpt Bellagio 2019

That comment struck a chord as other players tweeted their opinions.

I wonder how much madness anyone could do with 6 buys in? Should write on the side of the name on the plaque the number of time people rebuys. Lol. Next year the pga is gonna organize a tourney with unlimited Mulligan for $50,000 each tiger wood will win 52 tourney a year.

Wpt Bellagio 2019 Schedule

— eric cloutier (@count505) December 22, 2019

Congrats on re entering 90 times to finally take it down pic.twitter.com/WNPxZ6ZYx5

— Lucky13 poker (@lucky13_poker) December 22, 2019

On the other side of the coin, others defended Foxen and the WPT’s decision to use an unlimited re-entry structure.

He earned those bullets… quit hating… it takes a lot to grinding/skill to be able to utilize that many bullets at that buy-in level plus go that deep to the end. Congrats @WAFoxen !

— Boxerclub (@haha4real) December 22, 2019

Despite the debate over the merits of winning a title after buying in five times, Foxen is now a WPT champion.

Foxen Wins WPT Title with Dominant Performance

Play got underway inside the Bellagio on December 16. Coming through the early stages with a few battle scars, Foxen built a stack on the fifth time of asking and made it to the final table with 9.7 million chips.

That was enough of a stack to start the day second in chips behind Daniel Park. However, with 98 big blinds to his name, Foxen had plenty of room to maneuver on December 22.

As Park’s stack yoyoed, Foxen chipped away at those around him. By the time Jonathan Jaffe and Park had fallen, it was the American’s title for the taking.

Well in control with four left, Foxen sat back as Seth Davis eliminated Peter Neff. From there, it was full steam ahead for the champion-elect.

Despite pressure from Toby Joyce, Foxen ousted Davis with A♥Q♥ versus A♣5♣. That hand signaled the start of the end.

Wpt Bellagio 2019

WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Result

Wpt Bellagio High Roller 2019

1st: Alex Foxen – $1,694,995

2nd: Toby Joyce – $1,120,040

3rd: Seth Davies – $827,285

4th: Peter Neff – $617,480

5th: Danny Park – $465,780

6th: Jonathan Jaffe – $355,125

Within ten hands, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic was over. In the end, Joyce was forced to commit his stack with J♥9♣.

With the board showing J♣5♠3♦K♣, Foxen moved all-in with Ac Js. Holding a pair, Joyce had to call and pray for a nine on the river.

That card never came. Instead, the 4♣ completed the board and that made Alex Foxen the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic champion.

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